City police bust gang involved in smuggling of monitor lizards

City police bust gang involved in smuggling of monitor lizards

Submitted by Subeditor on Tue, 2016-02-16 19:23 Bengaluru: Three members of an inter-state gang engaged in smuggling of wild animals were arrested by the police in South Bengaluru while one of the accused was attempting to sell monitor lizards and parrots caught in Tamil Nadu.Deputy Commissioner of Police (South division) BS Lokesh Kumar said the accused had been identified as Syed Liyakath, 21, of JP Nagar in Bengaluru, Sardar Singh, 28, and Manikyam, 45, both residents of Shikarimedu, near Hosur, in Tamil Nadu. The police rescued four monitor lizards and 10 parrots.The Jayanagar police, who booked a case against the gang under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and the Indian Penal Code, said there was a huge demand for the monitor lizard, listed as endangered species in India, for its medicinal uses. The gang used to catch them in the Shikarimedu area in Tamil Nadu and later transport them to Bengaluru to sell them. The price of each monitor lizard maybe around Rs2,000 in Bengaluru, said the policeThe Jayanagar police said they will handover the monitor lizards and the parrots to the rehabilitation centre near Bannerghatta for treatment. Later, the centre will release them into the wild, said the police.DCP Lokesh Kumar said that a police team arrested Syed on Monday and seized two monitor lizards and 10 Indian parrots from him while he was trying sell them. Based on the information received from him, the police rushed to Shikarimedu and arrested two more on Tuesday, when they came to meet Syed to handover two monitor lizards.